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2019 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival – Cheese Seminars

A long platter of fruits, cheeses and crackers

Discover a few delicious cheese-pairing secrets from some world-class fromagers at the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

4 blocks of dry aged cheese on a cutting board

Become an International Cheese Connoisseur

Master the “wheys” of the world by nibbling around a flavor wheel of carefully curated cheeses.

During each 90-minute seminar, a distinguished fromager will explain the major aromas, textures and flavor levels of popular cheeses—from Asiago to Zamorano. Attendees can sample artisanal selections paired with complementary wines or craft beers while learning about the distinct nature of each featured region.

General Event Details
  • World ShowPlace Events Pavilion
  • Select Saturdays from 9:45 AM to 11:15 AM
  • $95 per Guest—plus tax, gratuity included
  • Limited capacity
2019 Schedule
  • September 14 and 28
  • October 5, 12, 19 and 26
  • November 9

Please note: this event has one seating option. Epcot admission is not included with the event ticket. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 years of age and older. All events, hosts, offerings, menus and services are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice. No refunds given for any such changes or cancellations.

A set of tongs sits on top of seasoned crumbles of semi soft cheese

Say “Cheese!” to These Experts

Ripen your acumen for all things cheese at 7 diverse seminars led by notable cheese experts. From France and Italy to the United States, experience the difference in cultures!

  • New World Cheeses and Old World Wines
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    September 14, 2019
    Experience a delightfully unique marriage of Eastern seaboard state cheeses and Western Europe’s most acclaimed wines.

  • Mediterranean Cheeses and Wines
    Hosted by Tonda Corrente
    September 28, 2019
    Taste amazing wines and cheeses deeply rooted in ancient Mediterranean diets and culture.

  • Great British Cheeses and Ales
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    October 5, 2019
    Discover the harmonies that traditional British cheeses can have alongside great ales—something loyal fans have known for decades.

  • Italian Cheeses and Wines 
    Hosted by Erin Hedley 
    October 12, 2019
    Enjoy Italian vini and formaggi offerings that provide a delicious glimpse into the country’s noble yet rustic lifestyle.
  • French Cheeses and Wines 
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    October 19, 2019
    Savor a classic assiette de fromage accompanied by a variety of elegant French wines famous around the world.
  • The Great Cheeses and Wines of the Western United States
    Hosted by David Gremmels
    October 26, 2019
    Summon your inner wine and cheese connoisseur with internationally acclaimed selections produced domestically along the Pacific Coast.
  • Season’s Best Cheeses and Wines 
    Hosted by Max McCalman
    November 9, 2019
    Sample autumn’s top seasonal cheeses, alongside some of the finest wines in the world, for a pièce-de-résistance pairing that closes these sessions on a highly delectable note!

Please note: advanced reservations are highly recommended, as this event fills up quickly. Epcot admission is not included with the event ticket. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 years of age and older with valid ID. All events, hosts, offerings, menus and services are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice. No refunds given for any such changes or cancellations.

An captivated group of Guests looking on as chefs prepare an exciting dish featuring cheese

Booking a Reservation Is Simple!

As of May 15, 2019, you can reserve your spot at this limited-time event. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance.

Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made on this page. If you’re a Disney Vacation Club Member, you may book online or by calling Member Services at (800) 800-9800. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

This event is part of the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which takes place from August 29 to November 23, 2019.

ID Requirements to Purchase Alcoholic Beverages

Learn which type of identification you should bring to the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to purchase alcoholic beverages at any establishment in the state of Florida—including Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Alcohol will not be served to anyone who does not present valid identification upon request. The following forms of ID will be accepted as proof of age:

  • U.S. state driver’s license (includes U.S. territories*)
  • U.S. state ID (includes U.S. territories*)
  • U.S. military ID
  • Original passport
  • Copy of passport (either on paper or captured on a mobile device), along with a government-issued photo ID** that verifies the person and birth date shown on the copy
  • NEXUS card issued by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Canadian Guests only)

Please note: visitors from outside the United States are required to present both a valid passport and another form of government-issued photo identification from their country of origin.

For all questions concerning our identification requirements, please call (407) 939-6244. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

*U.S. territories include Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

**Foreign driver’s licenses or ID cards are not acceptable by themselves.

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